Indiana County Clerk fired for opposing gay marriage

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Lawsuit claims County Clerk Sally Whitis told employees they were "only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony."

Lawsuit alleges claims County Clerk Sally Whitis told employees they were “only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony.”

INDIANAPOLIS — A former employee of a southern Indiana county clerk says she was fired over her religious objection to processing a same-sex couple’s marriage application.

Linda G. Summers of Corydon says in a federal lawsuit filed last week that Harrison County Clerk Sally Whitis (WY’-tiss) violated her civil and religious rights by firing her last year after Summers raised objections.

Indiana had a same-sex marriage ban that was struck down by a federal court last year. The suit alleges that Whitis told employees after the ruling that they were “only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony.”

Whitis and the Harrison County attorney declined to comment.

Citing the Book of Leviticus, which condemns same-sex relationships, Summers says she is a Christian with a “sincerely held religious belief” against gay marriage.

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